Lukoil's Bourgas ACN to remain down due to cracker outage

17 July 2009 14:14  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Russian chemical producer Lukoil’s acrylonitrile (ACN) plant in Bourgas, Bulgaria, will remain down until at least the end of August following its decision to close the steam cracker at the site next month, sources at the company said on Friday.

The 28,000 tonne/year facility has been down since December due to combination of market factors and non-availability of ammonia feedstock, company sources said.

The cracker, which according to the ICIS plants and projects database has an ethylene capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year, would close for market reasons. The shutdown was expected to last through to September.

Lukoil had planned to restart the ACN plant in July, but took the decision to keep the plant down following the cracker announcement.

The company also has a 150,000 tonne/year ACN plant at Saratov in Russia.

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By: Mike Nash
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